It’s time to give a Welcome Wave ahead of Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race

4 January 2018

People have a rare opportunity to see world-class athletes up-close at the upcoming Welcome Wave event, which will celebrate female riders in the 2018 Deakin University Elite Women’s Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race.

The Wednesday 24 January event will feature a Wadawurrung Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony, building anticipation for the 2018 Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (CEGORR) from 27 to 28 January.

The Welcome Wave is a free event and an ideal chance for the Surf Coast community to greet the world’s best female international riders coming to the famous Great Ocean Road region to race.

The Welcome Wave will commence on the hill next to Torquay Surf Life Saving Club at 5.30pm, with all people encouraged to attend.

Surf Coast Councillor Margot Smith – an avid cyclist who will participate in the CEGORR People’s Ride on Saturday 27 January along with Cr Heather Wellington – is pleased to again host athletes from all over the world.

“We’re excited to involve the community in welcoming the riders, through the Welcome Wave event,” Cr Smith said.

“We invite the whole community to mingle with the cyclists at the ceremony and get involved in the lead-up to a fantastic major event for our local economy.

“As a Council, we want to celebrate the achievements of women in sport – this is a great way to do so.”

Each Welcome Wave attendee will receive a Cadel Bell to ring in the cyclists. The bells can also be used over the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race weekend at official Cheer Sites, listed at www.cheercadeltorquay.com.

Following the public Welcome Wave event, a dinner for the athletes will be held at RACV Torquay Resort. Acclaimed cyclist Dr Bridie O’Donnell will be special guest speaker.

Bridie is most notably a 2016 UCI World Hour record-holder, but also boasts titles such as manager of the Rush Women’s team for four consecutive years and as of November 2017, the Head of the Office for Women in Sport and Recreation.

She is also a breast care physician and sought after medical expert, frequently appearing on The Project.

The Deakin University Elite Women’s Race is expected to come through the Surf Coast between noon and 1:30pm on Saturday 27 January. To view a list of official Cheer Sites on the Surf Coast where you can watch, visit www.cheercadeltorquay.com.

For more information on the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, visit www.cadelevansgreatoceanroadrace.com.au.